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investments? you have a investments that invest in fanny mae and freddie mac. >> all three candidates are a net negative. the "new york times" under heavy criticism after a report on a former football quarterback praised by the media. the times reports the star athlete was accused of sexual assault and that was the real reason he didn't pursue the academic honor. who made the decision to run this story? >> well, that's a good question. >> who would do this to a 22-year-old kid when the alleged accuser is not gone to the police, the alleged accuser has not filed a complaint, not even with yale. >> the new york times writer
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under fire for that report will join us live to defend the story. survivors of the italian cruise ship disaster will be compensated for trauma and lost possessions. how much longer will that ship remain on its side in water? ♪ i so in love with you >> plus, bringing in green for al. the president's version boost record sales for the soul singer, but by how much? everyone, i'm tamron hall, the "news nation" is following newt gingrich's response to mitt romney's fiery accusations. they are producing a new ad than full on assault of romney's character. the ad will claim that romney
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claim that his investments were in a blind trust. the new poll shows romney's lead over gingrich is growing fast. romney has a nine-point lead. the top three candidates are all net negatives when it comes to fav favorability. joining me now is john harwood. gingrich's campaign say they are putting this new ad. people say he was blistered by one after the other responses. >> it's a little late. i think newt gingrich believed that coming out of south carolina that the wave of momentum he was going to take to florida was going to be bigger and more durable. he went on cruise control. he was not effective last night. now he's scrambling in the 11th
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hour. the trend line is not good for newt gingrich now and the question will be when we have the one month hiatus, how does he get off the map? >> he was complaining there was no audience participation. now he has the audience on his side, but they were going for mitt romney. how did he blow it last night? >> i think newt gingrich was not aggressive, was not prepared, was not focused. >> he's mr. aggressive. he said he's the smartest guy in the building. >> i think it's prosperity. an obama advisor told me when he swamped romney in south carolina, watch how gingrich does more poorly when he's up than when he's down. he's still up nationally. the poll shows him up. we have more primaries to come including some in southern
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states that are more favorable. >> was romney's performance that stellar or is the bar so low for him because he's not been that killer candidate in debates that his supporters wanted to see. >> on that di pension, the killer instinct, the bar was pretty low. he never let up. when gingrich would come back to him, he went back very hard. i think it was a passionate mitt romney. >> thank you very much. great pleasure seeing you. joining me now is joel sawyer. joel, thanks for your time. can you hear me? >> i can. thank you very much. >> who was the winner in your opinion? >> i think you have to say mitt romney was.
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he was very effective. in terms of the bar, we talked about beating expectations, he did that last night. i think that you had to walk away with a new opinion of romney's debating skills. >> gingrich's team say they are working on a new ad. they plan to unveil it soon in florida. participant of the ad will feature mike huckabee. let me a play a bit of the old ad that gingch wants to bring back to life. >> i'm mike huckabee because we have the right to know the truth about mitt romney's dishonest attack and even an american hero, john mccain. >> romney's record over $700 million in new taxes left office with a deficit, no executions, supported gun control and romney's mandated health plan provided a $50 copay for
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abortion. >> that ad was from four years ago with mike huckabee. we saw in the debate last night when mitt romney was put on the spot about an ad playing in florida, he said it wasn't his ad, he wasn't sure. the moderator said it was an ad you endorsed. your voice is at the end of this. might gingrich be able to get some traction on this? >> quite possibly. i think his new disclaimers should be i'm mitt romney, and i might have approved this message. it's going get increasingly nasty. these ads are getting worse and worse and more and more negative. i think the bad news for the american people is even beyond the republican primary. i think this is a preview of what we'll see in the election. no matter who wins the nomination, a very negative general election. >> look at these net negative
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fs for the gop candidates. romney needs to wrap this up because he will be very battered. battered candidate if it continues at this pace. when you look at the net negatives, i think we can bring the numbers up, it's just not good for the candidates. how does that concern you? >> it's not. >> the last time a candidate had net negatives was john kerry. we know what happened to mr. kerry. >> right. i'm making the point i think you have similar unfavorability ratings for the president. i want to have a long drawn out primary. i don't want an october surprise. i want all the skeletons and baggage aired now.
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let republican voters have it all out there for the candidates, so we know the positives and negatives. >> that's interesting you see it that way. with the tax return, you had mitt romney saying he didn't want to release it because he felt it could be something democrats could use and hurt him. that one candidate believes some of the laundry aired out now would be detrimental. >> he did release them but with the issue of the tax return, if mitt romney is the nominee, this is going to be a class warfare general election. i think the preponderate is going to couch as much as he can in terms of haves and have not, the rich versus the poor. the similar message as to what you saw with occupy wall street. romney is very astute to protect his personal wealth will be an issue in the general election. what he didn't count on is
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gingrich, striking that same populous message of how he made his money without working. that's not something you hear republicans say. >> the money was not made on actual earnings, it was on investments. we'll see what happens. thank you, joel. >> thank you. >> msnbc will bring you coverage of florida's primary. it's tuesday at 6:00 eastern time. certain warning from president obama to nation's college and universities, lower tuition or lose federal dollars. the president reiterated his message putting colleges and universitys on notice. mr. obama told the crowd that the university of michigan it's inexcusable for college debt to have you are passed credit card
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debts. >> 60% of new jobs will require more than a high school diploma. higher education is not a luxury. it's an mick imperative that every family should be able to afford. when i say higher education, i don't mean four-year colleges, i also mean our community colleges. thank y >> thank you so much for your time. the gops are saying while focusing on student loans and college affordability is important, we heard this all before from president obama. as with so many other important issues, he's good at making promises and bad at following through on them. how does he prove the rnc wrong and follow through on that warning ant costs. >> we have to be working together to make college more affordable. we think republicans should be
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able to support. it's about using federal dollars creatively to help college, drive down costs and deliver a better product. more affordability but also students finishing on time. talk about using federal funding in creative ways that reforms the state as well as in colleges and universities because we have to make sure college is affordable and attainable to everyone inspe the country. >> it would be nice to have republicans and democrats agree on this, but separate and apart from those in congress, are those even in the beltway, universities make money and they enjoy making money. how do you get some of them on board when they say this is reality, this is not charity. we are giving a quality education and if you want one from our university, it will cost you. >> it does cost us. it's important they deliver a
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quality product and an affordable president. he met with college presidents are who doing this. we want to make sure more of that is happening around the country. it should be something that's within reach for every american. what he put forward is a series of common sense reforms that ought to be able to track bipartisan support and some of which are the president will go ahead and move forward on with or without the congress. for example, he wants to make sure that parents and students can have a score card of what the college is delivering, what kind of costs they can expect and what kind of product that the colleges is delivering to the students and help them make the best informed decision. you wouldn't buy a house without making sure exactly what they are getting into. this is about working in part r
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partnersh partnership. question do this in this country. >> thank you. next on "news nation," i'll talk with a writer of a very controversial story in the "new york times" today involving yale university's former quarterback. he received national praise for being a scholar athlete. the new york times is reporti i he was accused of sexual assault. students and parents are furious over one school's decision to ban students from wearing uggs and similar style boots to class. details on "news nation gut check." there are laws against age discrimination, so if you push this too much, you better be careful. >> get this man a variety show. ron paul was the king of one-liners at last night's debate. we'll bring you some of his best
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welcome back to shoe "news nation." patrick whit was a finalist for the rhodes scholarship. he faced a tough decision. go for the final interview or stay in connecticut the lead his team in the final rivalry game. the interview and the game was held on the same day. here is what he said at the time. >> can you imagine missing it? >> no. to leave your teammates and lev them to fend for themselves, i
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wouldn't feel right. >> he later announced he was withdrawing his name from consideration and was going to play the big game instead. the "new york times" said he was no longer under consideration after a fellow student accused him of sexual assault. no complaint has been filed. today he is disputing the article. the complaint was filed by a person he had known for many months. i'm joined by education reporter for the new york times. thank you for your time. >> thanks be p. >> i went on your website just to read some of the comments that people had regarding the story. it was a mixed bag. it was a lot of concern about some of the details which which you the alleged victim was never identified. it was no formal complaint
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filed. what is some of the reaction you're getting be. >> the point of his statement doesn't really contradict what's in our article except for one item. he's saying at the time he made his statement withdrawing his candidacy that he was still active. our source is saying no. that's really the only cont contradiction between what he is saying. >> one of the comments says it's raises a lot of concern. publishing such a stoirp in absence of name, sources or formal charges much less convictions here. this is the concern that you're talking about this young man's life, career. he's released a statement. you have sources but none have
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been identified including this alleged victim here. >> it's a legitimate concern. obviously, it's a decision that we weighed very carefully. i think had he not been a rhodes candidate, this isn't something we reported on. the impression was left out there. i'm not saying that he necessarily lied about it. the impression was left out there and reported in the national media over and over again that he had said, i'm not going to do the interview, so that i can play in the harvard game. >> in your report, he didn't leave the impression. that was a conclusion made by reporters who covered the story. he, i believe to your point, did not say. he didn't lie. he didn't deceive here. >> right. his statement was pretty carefully worded. it said i'm going to play in the harvard game. i've withdrawn my application. it didn't say i'm playing
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because i with draw my application. >> let me read quickly yale's response. yale says all schools are prohibited by federal law from disclosing the names of students involving in an allegation of misconduct. the applications by students for scholarships and fellowships is confidential. yale has a policy in place. rhodes trust has no comment. new haven police didn't, no formal complaint has been filed. i'll bring it back again, was the times fair to this young man here? >> i think so. i think that he's a public figure out there in the public eye and was a misimpression created about him. again, i think were we not a candidate, we wouldn't have done a story like there. >> back to the woman who made a complaint with the university wide committee on sexual
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misconduct. this happened back in july. again, with their not being a criminal charge here, was there concern by you and the staff who put this story together that with no formal complaint here, this may be perceived by people not -- who don't care about football or yale, that this young man was not being treated appropriately in the reporting of this story? >> it was something we considered. we decided it was worth going forward. we make no judgment as to the validity of the allegation. it was made through an informal process that doesn't include any disciplinary penalty, any finding of guilt. that's the nature of that process. >> thank you very much. i appreciate you coming onto talk about this story. people have beenfired up about this. i think it's great you came onto talk about the reporting here. thank you.
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>> thank you. still ahead, survivors are being offered financial compensation for their lost baggage and the unimaginable trauma they experienced. we have details on what they were given. plus, new comments from vice president joe biden about democrats and the chance of taking back the house come november. some twitter users are out rage, even planning to boycott the social networking site after it announces some tweets will be censored. spark card from capital one. spark cash gives me the most rewards of any small business credit card. it's hard for my crew to keep up with 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. 2% cash back. that's setting the bar pretty high. thanks to spark, owning my own business has never been more rewarding. [ male announcer ] introducing spark the small business credit cards from capital one. get more by choosing unlimited double miles or 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. what's in your wallet? this guy's amazing. what's in your wallet? an accident doesn't have to slow you down.
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welcome back to "news natio nation". twitters big announcement that it will sensor tweets in some countries. the company says it can block tweets from individual users and specific countries. twitter says it may use the feature to comply can governments that want to sensor information.
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some users are planning to boycott. they plan to boycott tomorrow. coming up, after gingrich's performance in last night's debate, will his money man continue to pour in cash into ne newt's campaign? plus. ♪ i so in love with you >> al green must be in love with the president because mr. green is bringing in green thanks to mr. obama. sales of "let's stay together" are seeing their best week in years. we have details, next. ♪ you and me and the big old tree ♪ ♪ side by side, one, two, three ♪ ♪ count the birds in the big old tree ♪ ♪ la la la [ male announcer ] the inspiring story of how a shipping giant can befriend a forest may seem like the stuff of fairy tales. ♪ ♪ you and me and the big old tree side by side ♪
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plus, is gingrich's money line drying up after gingrich's criticized performance. will his money man sheldon adelson continue to donate cash to the campaign? cruise compensation passengers will get a lump sum for trauma and lost bags. >> how can i handle work on a day like today? >> he's back. the mystery behind that ad we just showed you. the florida primary just five days away. the candidates won't get another chance to dedate for a whole monday month. how will newt gingrich and mitt romney keep up the fire in the spotlight. it's amazing, 19 debates and a month is considered a drought now people have become so addicted to these debates. it has an impact in south
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carolina when you look at the exit polling. >> i think this week we'regoing to see the debates had an impact where newt gingrich, at the beginning we thought was the american who came in with some momentum after the strong performances in south carolina, but didn't want to go after romney monday. in that debate last night we saw mitt romney very comfortable just steam roll gingrich in that first hour. if romney wins the nomination, we'll look back at the first hour and say that's where he wrapped it up. there's a lot that's going to happen here. if we look ahead to tuesday, there's two story lines that could come out of tuesday. if romney wins we'll talk about how he wrapped up the nomination. if gingrich wins, you'll see mass panic with the republicans over gingrich as their nominee. you've seen that bubbling up, that bob doyle stuff out today. >> john mccain today.
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>> absolutely. >> let's talk about sheldon adelson, his wife and cash. they have given $10 million to newt gingrich. after last night's performance and to your point, a lot of big names including conservative media, so called elite are coming out against newt gingrich. is there any notion adelson may be pulling back? >> you have the conservative media elite who don't gingrich to win tht first place. sheldon adelson does want limb to win. i think what will depend with his money is what happens on tuesday in florida. if newt gingrich wins, then he's going to open up the pocketbook. if he loses, we'll ask whether the money dries up or he sees a reason to support gingrich going forward. >> let's talk about what we heard from the president really rallying house democrats at their conference that they are
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holding right now. >> i'm sorry. i thought you were going to play a sound bite. >> we had big plans, but they fell apart. >> sorry about that. >> he says even as we push hard, not to persuade people on the other side. if we work together and do the right thing, these things can be accomplished. >> the thing is this comes as the president winds up this whirlwind, five-state, three-day tour where he was in all these battleground states pushing this populous message of economic fairness after the state of the union on tuesday. with democrats, they are h huddling. they are feeling pretty good. it shows a much improved environment for democrats and the president, so they are feeling pretty good. they know it's not permanent, but they are seeing a bit of warming as our pollster likes to
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say, it may be winter outside, but for president obama and democrats it must feel like spring. >> all you need is a bit of warm support to turn into heat. we'll see what happens. thank you. >> thanks. the owners of that capsized cruise ship have offered to pay passengers $15,000. that's about $46 million total. we learned about plans to pump a half million gallons of oil from that ship. michelle, in addition to that compensation, so many people online, even just in conversation wonder how long can they ship remain in that position there. >> reporter: i know. i was just going to say the same thing. it's hard to believe for us as well. it's been two weeks almost to the minute that it's been capsized here on these rocks. it's going to be a long time. there's been a delay pretty much on every level except plan to compensate the passengers.
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to remove the victims, to find them has been taking this long. so far they recovered 16. there is still thought to be 18 people missing, possibly still inside that ship or somewhere nearby. the plan for tomorrow is to use some remotely operated vehicles around the sea floor, maybe into some of the least accessible areas of the ship and try to locate them. the pressure is on at the same time to remove all of that fuel. that's also facing some delays. it was expected to start tomorrow. the plan is there. the barge is ready. there's tanker ship coming in tomorrow. that will take about seven weeks just to remove the fuel. >> wow. >> after that comes the decision whether to cut the ship a part or try to patch up the holes and float it away. that's a whole other phase of this long process, a sad process. it's depressing for people to come out and see it every single
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day. >> all right. thank you, michelle. a partial collapse of a casino under construction. as many as 13 people suffered minor injuries after the floor collapsed while concrete was being poured. the construction company involved trying to figure out what happened. the secret service is investigating a photo of a group of men with guns holding a president obama t-shirt. the president's face appears to be filled with bullet holes. the photo appeared on a facebook page of an arizona police officer. it's been since taken down. a utah high school student is credited with stopping a plot by two classmates to set you have a bomb during an assembly. the sophomore says she received a text from one of the boys about the plot and shared it with an administrator. police say no explosives were
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found. en update on a three decade old murder mystery. this man grabbed international airlines after posing as a member of the famous rockefeller family. a winding trail of deception was uncovered and now case of murder. this really does read like a hollywood script. it's so sad that it's true and people may have lost their lives here. >> you're right. it's already been a hollywood script and will likely be another one. it did take a long while for authorities to put together a case they could prosecute. they are ready to do it now. by many names, he had a long and
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lucrative career fulling intelligent people because he had two undeniable gifts. he could change identities in heartbeat and he knew how to disappear. >> i like to be known as a quiet man living a quiet life. >> ever since the man calling himself clark rockefeller, snatched his daughter, his life has been anything but quiet. >> he might try to whisk his daughter to bermuda. >> it launched an international man hunt. this week the conman was back in court charged with a decade old murder to which he's pleaded not. the murder victim, a chie computer programmer named john, who with his wife has befriending the charmer. he even lived in the guest house on the family property.
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one day in 1985, john and linda disappeared. lin linda's best friend went to the police. >> they were like, at least over 21. if she doesn't want to come back, she doesn't have pop. >> fast forward nine years, they were still missing when a crew digging a swimming pool unearth a skeleton, john's skeleton. police wanted to find that mysterious tenant. >> did it occur to you, we may never get him. >> i thought he could be anywhere in the world. >> there began to decade long hunt. he's still calling himself clark rockefeller. he is still maintaining he's innocent. >> wow. all right. thank you very much.
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be sure to catch more of mike's report on "dateline". up next, a dramatic rescue caught on camera. a woman gets into an accident and is trapped in icy water up to her neck for 90 minutes. first, there's lot going on. here are some things we thought you should know. joe biden had some encouraging works for the caucus today at their retreat. he said he admired their work in congress. he went out on the limb with a prediction. >> win back the house. >> president obama's one line rendition of the soul classic has sent sales of the original song soaring. ♪ i so in love with you >> after that performance at a fundraiser last week at the
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apollo. sales of al green's "let's stay together" are up 490%. that boils down to 16,000 new digital down loads. the original song was released 40 years ago. number one on the billboards chart. look at al green. ron paul is the master of the one liners at last night's debate in florida. from his remarks on questions about his health to his thoughts on his rivals ties to fanny and fre freddie. >> they both made money from fan knee and freddie. should they return that money? >> that subject doesn't interest me a whole lot. >> congressman paul is right. >> i think they're all wrong. >> texas, space program very important there as well. where do you stand on this? >> i don't think we should go to the moon.
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i think we should send some politicians up there at times. >> are you prepared to release your medical records so voters out there know what your health is? >> it's about one page, if even that long. i'm willing to challenge any of these gentlemen up here to a 25-mile bike ride any time of the day in the heat of texas. there are laws against age discrimination, so if you push this too much, you better be careful. e ♪ hey, it's me -- water. i've got a great set of pipes. but your pipes might contain lead that i can pick up. luckily pur filters remove 99% of lead, ♪ which is something to sing ab-- ♪ [ crack ] ooo, sorry...
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the new england journal of medicine sites several reports of being being infected after coming in contact with armadillos. doctors advise against handling, eating our buying souvenirs made from armadillos. coming up at the top of the hour, newt gingrich vows he will not go silently into florida's good night readying his toughest attack on romney to date. request it reverse his quickly sinking poll numbers? back to you. thank you. scary moment fiy momentums for n state woman after her car skidded into a road. she landed upside down and was trapped for up top 90 minutes with only her mouth barely above water. you see here firefighters were able to rescue the 25-year-old. she was treated for minor injuries. newly released audio of
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demi's 911 call and the star of "welcome back kotter" dies. we've been able to obtain this 911 call. it was released by authorities. you can tell me what's the latest. >> she smoked something. it's not marijuana, but it's similar to incense. she seems to be having convulsions. >> scary for many reasons. she was suffering seizures. who is the individual? >> we know there's three women and one man in the room with her who were online with the dispatcher. by the end of the 911 call she does seem to be responding to their questions. >> do we know anymore on her situation? >> well, the callers said she
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smoked something that was like incense and they weren't sure what else she may have. >> is she still in treatment? >> everything is very close to the vest. she has not been leased. she's seeking medical care and we're still probing to find out what happened. >> ashton, he's in brazil. nothing from him? >> nothing from him as of late. >> nothing from bruce willis? >> he's very concerned. he's really torn about the situation. he doesn't know how to intervene. >> moving on. i was very sad. this was one of my fave favorite shows. one of the sweathogs. >> that was the show that made john travolta famous.
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he died of cardiac arrest. it's very sad. >> he had been a professor and living in new jersey. >> he had a very nonhollywood life. >> he really was my favorite. this move "ferris bueller" i've never seen it. let's play the super bowl ad. >> how can i handle work on a day like today? >> help me get it? >> in this iconic movie, he's the ultimate hookie player. they had the most ai maizing day in chicago. this is a grown up ferris saying february 5th, there's no way to go to work. that's super bowl.
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we think this is a tease to the super bowl. >> that makes sense because they say people miss work the monday after or they show up with really bad headache usually associated with too much beer and alcohol. thank you very much. >> thank you. we'll be right back. ♪ [ gong ] strawberry banana! [ male announcer ] for a smoothie with real fruit plus veggie nutrition new v8 v-fusion smoothie. could've had a v8. but when she got asthma, all i could do was worry ! specialists, lots of doctors, lots of advice... and my hands were full. i couldn't sort through it all. with unitedhealthcare, it's different. we have access to great specialists, and our pediatrician gets all the information. everyone works as a team. and i only need to talk to one person about her care. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare.
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time now for the "news nation gut check." parents in the suburb of philadelphia are fuming over a school's decision that has nothing to do with learning. it focuses on what kids wear on their feet. school officials say uggs and any other open top boot will not be allowed because too many kids are using the boots to sneak in forbidden items into class. the popular winter shoe style seen on everyone from kids, celebs, even moms looking for comfort. tom brady is a model for an ugg
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line of boot. the district says the biggest problem is students hiding their cell phone in their uggs. in a letter to parents the school says they may continue to wear outdoor boots to and from school to protect them but need to change into sneakers or shoes to before entering home room. >> my daughter don't have a lot of shoes. she ain't been raised on a silver spoon and i can't afford to buy her a whole bunch of shoes to keep changing every day. >> the principal points out students are required to take their winter coats and hats off when they get into school as well. what does your gut tell you? what has the school right to ban uggs and other shoes in class. go to facebook.com/newsnation to cast your vote. take a look at what the "news nation" is say basic. we asked if it was fair for the city council to remove a woman's name from the ballot because she
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did not speak english. 47% said yes. 53 said no. that does it for this edition of "news nation." eugene is filling in for martin bashir. e bird told me about a band... ♪ an old man shared some fish stories... ♪ oooh, my turn. ♪ she was in paris, but we talked for hours... everyone else buzzed about the band. there's a wireless mind inside all of us. so, where to next? ♪
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